Scottish Premiership
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Motherwell 1-0 Hibernian

A first-half header from Stephen McManus made the difference as Motherwell edged out Hibs at Fir Park to move third in the Premiership.

The Scotland defender was left all alone to nod in a Lionel Ainsworth corner after 23 minutes.

Shaun Hutchinson was sent off late on for bringing down Paul Heffernan on the edge of the Motherwell penalty area.

But Hibs could not make their late pressure count, with Gunnar Nielsen saving well from Heffernan.

The win pushes Motherwell above Aberdeen, level on 22 points with second-placed Inverness, while managerless Hibs remain in seventh spot.

Following Pat Fenlon's resignation on Friday, Jimmy Nicholl took charge of the visitors but the familiar failings remained as Hibs struggled to create openings.

It was a bright enough start on a sunny Lanarkshire Sunday, with Hibs eager to take the match to Stuart McCall's men.

Ten minutes in, Heffernan stabbed a Kevin Thomson cross wide of the mark and the striker soon tested Nielsen at his near post after ballooning a shot over from a promising position.

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Interview: Motherwell manager Stuart McCall

At the other end, Motherwell's John Sutton delivered a cross that Henri Anier turned towards goal but Hibs keeper Ben Williams got on top of it.

The only goal arrived when McManus popped up spare at the front post in the 23rd minute, out-jumping Ryan McGivern to head home Ainsworth's corner.

Anier then sprinted towards goal to blast in an angled shot that keeper Williams struggled to contain, the ball striking his boot and bouncing awkwardly out for a corner.

Hibs midfielder Scott Robertson jinked into the Motherwell penalty box for a sight at goal but delayed a fraction and his shot was blocked by Fraser Kerr.

With half-time approaching, Anier raced on to a long clearance from his keeper but could not find a way past Williams and Stuart Carswell stabbed an angled shot narrowly wide.

Immediately after the restart, Motherwell players were queuing up to take a shot at goal but Ainsworth's well-controlled effort sailed into the arms of Williams.

Hibs controlled the lion's share of possession for the final half hour but were too often let down by their final ball.

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Interview: Hibs caretaker manager Jimmy Nicholl

McManus blocked a shot from Robertson in front of goal and Nielson pushed out a long-distance effort from Liam Craig.

With five minutes remaining, Hutchinson was dismissed for bringing down Heffernan right on the edge of the Motherwell penalty area and substitute Rowan Vine struck the resultant free-kick tamely against the defensive wall.

Fellow repalcement James Collins snatched at a shot and sent it wide after good work from Craig on the left.

And the last chance of the game fell to Heffernan in stoppage time as his powerful strike from 18 yards was pushed away by the flying Nielsen to protect the Steelmen's lead.

Line-ups

Motherwell

  • 12Nielsen
  • 4RamsdenSubstituted forKerrat 16'minutes
  • 3HammellSubstituted forFrancis-Angolat 58'minutes
  • 14Lasley
  • 5HutchinsonBooked at 87mins
  • 6McManus
  • 25Ainsworth
  • 18Carswell
  • 24AnierBooked at 79mins
  • 9Sutton
  • 7McFaddenSubstituted forVigursat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 8Lawson
  • 11Vigurs
  • 16McHugh
  • 17Francis-Angol
  • 20Kerr
  • 21Stewart
  • 22Moore

Hibernian

  • 1Williams
  • 18MayburyBooked at 78minsSubstituted forCollinsat 88'minutes
  • 8Robertson
  • 3McGivernSubstituted forVineat 76'minutes
  • 4HanlonBooked at 76mins
  • 23Forster
  • 38Thomson
  • 16Stevenson
  • 24Heffernan
  • 10Craig
  • 20TaiwoSubstituted forZoubirat 65'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Vine
  • 14Collins
  • 17Tudur Jones
  • 19Handling
  • 21Murdoch
  • 22Mullen
  • 27Zoubir
Referee:
Allan Crawford
Attendance:
3,864

Match Stats

Home TeamMotherwellAway TeamHibernian
Possession
Home51%
Away49%
Shots
Home9
Away12
Shots on Target
Home4
Away3
Corners
Home5
Away6
Fouls
Home11
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Motherwell 1, Hibernian 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Motherwell 1, Hibernian 0.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Zaine Francis-Angol.
Attempt saved. Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Iain Vigurs (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Heffernan (Hibernian).
Stephen McManus (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Paul Heffernan (Hibernian).
Attempt missed. James Collins (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt missed. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.
Attempt blocked. Rowan Vine (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. James Collins replaces Alan Maybury.

Dismissal

Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) is shown the red card for a bad foul.
Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).
Paul Heffernan (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Jordan Forster (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by John Sutton (Motherwell).
Corner, Motherwell. Conceded by Paul Hanlon.
Henri Anier (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).

Booking

Henri Anier (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.

Booking

Alan Maybury (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.
Henri Anier (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Alan Maybury (Hibernian).
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Stephen McManus.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Rowan Vine replaces Ryan McGivern.

Booking

Paul Hanlon (Hibernian) is shown the yellow card.
John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Iain Vigurs replaces James McFadden.
Foul by James McFadden (Motherwell).
Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt blocked. Lionel Ainsworth (Motherwell) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Keith Lasley (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Abdellah Zoubir (Hibernian).
John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Ryan McGivern (Hibernian).
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Fraser Kerr.
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Gunnar Nielsen.
Attempt saved. Liam Craig (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Hibernian. Abdellah Zoubir replaces Tom Taiwo.

Booking

Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell) is shown the yellow card.
Foul by Shaun Hutchinson (Motherwell).
Liam Craig (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
John Sutton (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Paul Hanlon (Hibernian).
Stuart Carswell (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).
Corner, Hibernian. Conceded by Keith Lasley.
Attempt blocked. Scott Robertson (Hibernian) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Motherwell. Zaine Francis-Angol replaces Steven Hammell because of an injury.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay over. They are ready to continue.
Delay in match Steven Hammell (Motherwell) because of an injury.
Attempt missed. Liam Craig (Hibernian) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.
Foul by Keith Lasley (Motherwell).
Kevin Thomson (Hibernian) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
James McFadden (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Scott Robertson (Hibernian).
Stephen McManus (Motherwell) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Celtic118301327
2Inverness CT11713722
3Motherwell12714022
4Aberdeen11623620
5St Johnstone12534618
6Dundee Utd12453817
7Hibernian12435-315
8Partick Thistle11344-213
9Ross County10316-810
10Kilmarnock12237-59
11St Mirren10226-118
12Hearts12228-11-7
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